Work Locus of Control

1. A job is what you make of it.
2. On most jobs‚ people can pretty much accomplish whatever they set out to accomplish.
3. If you know what you want out of a job‚ you can find a job that gives it to you.
4. If employees are unhappy with a decision made by their boss‚ they should do something about it.
5. Getting the job you want is mostly a matter of luck.
6. Making money is primarily a matter of good fortune.
7. Most people are capable of doing their jobs well if they make the effort.
8. In order to get a really good job‚ you need to have family members or friends in high places.
9. Promotions are usually a matter of good fortune.
10. When it comes to landing a really good job‚ who you know is more important than what you know.
11. Promotions are given to employees who perform well on the job.
12. To make a lot of money you have to know the right people.
13. It takes a lot of luck to be an outstanding employee on most jobs.
14. People who perform their jobs well generally get rewarded.
15. Most employees have more influence on their supervisors than they think they do.
16. The main difference between people who make a lot of money and people who make a little money is luck.
Work Locus of Control Scale – 8
Paul E. Spector‚ 1988
The following questions concern your beliefs about jobs in general. They do not refer only to your present job.
1. On most jobs‚ people can pretty much accomplish whatever they set out to accomplish
2. If you know what you want out of a job‚ you can find a job that gives it to you
3. Getting the job you want is mostly a matter of luck
4. Promotions are usually a matter of good fortune
5. Promotions are given to employees who perform well on the job
6. It takes a lot of luck to be an outstanding employee on most jobs
7. People who perform their jobs well generally get rewarded
8. The main difference between people who make a lot of money and people who make a little money is luck
 
This instrument can be found on page 270 of CORE SELF-EVALUATIONS AND JOB SATISFACTION: THE ROLE OF ORGANIZATIONAL AND COMMUNITY EMBEDDEDNESS ‚ available online at: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-10242007-153627/unrestricted/Oyler‚_Jennifer_D__Dissertation_VT_120207.pdf
 
1=Disagree very much‚ 2=Disagree moderately‚3=Disagree slightly‚ 4=Agree slightly‚ 5=Agree moderately‚ 6=Agree very much
1= Strongly Disagree‚ 2=Disagree‚ 3=Neutral‚ 4=Agree Strongly‚ 5=Agree
Internally worded items are 1‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4‚ 7‚ 11‚ 14‚ and 15 http://shell.cas.usf.edu/~pspector/scales/wlcsscor.html

Spector‚ P. E. (1988). Development of the Work Locus of Control Scale. Journal of Occupational Psychology‚ 61‚ 335-340.

Oyler‚Jennifer D. 2007. Core Self-Evaluations and Job Satisfaction: The Role of organizational Community embeddedness. Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Management.